Mediocrity for everyone and tenure for the worst educators. When you get a teaching position, no matter how hard you suck eggs, you get to keep it forever.
I've heard it all-- the system is terrible, but at least everyone is equal.
Except it's not true. Kids in poor communities get squat. Schools are funded from a real estate tax base. If you live in a rich community, your school has more resources. if you live in a poor community, pray hard. But don;t ask for a voucher, because then the school systems wouldn't be 'equal'.
Big fat joke. we know there is no such thing as public school equity.
The NEA is a big joke, imo. And any politican who isn't working for equal fnding for all schools, no matter the real estate tax, is also a joke.
I mostly vote Dem, so I am a part of this mess as well, and the Dems can talk real good like they care, but all one needs to do is look at 'good' schools, and none are in poor areas. Schools in depessed areas simply do not have the tax base for funding. Period. So while poor parents are screaming for better schools or some way to hs or send their kid to a better school via vouchers, , the Dems scream "But schooling is the great American Equalizer!" Hell, no. A crappy school is a crappy school.
Real Estate tax is why a Weston MA elementary school can have field hockey & chemistry labs, and a Roxbury MA elementary school has peeling lead paint and no school library. And that's in a 'liberal 'state with a Kennedy as a Senator.
You do the math.